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Council teams win award for tackling CSE

Published Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Council and its partners have won a prestigious award for their work in tackling child sexual exploitation.

The Horizon Team and the Council’s Legal Services Team scooped the Neighbourhood Champion prize at the NWG Unsung Hero Awards last night (Tues).

The awards reward individuals or teams who have made significant, ongoing contributions to tackling child sexual exploitation.

Coventry’s award recognised the work done to set up and implement a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Edgwick Park, Foleshill, following child safety issues.

The PSPO was introduced last year giving police and other authorities extra powers to approach and disperse groups where their behaviour is causing concern.

Cllr Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This reward is very well-deserved. The PSPO came from a recognition that certain behaviour in Edgwick was stopping the local community, including families and children, from being able to enjoy their own park. This kind of action can only come from a strong will for different organisations and departments to pool their skills and work together for the benefit of children and young people.”

Horizon is made up of social workers, youth workers, children and families workers, a CSE co-ordinator and a specialist DC CSE police officer.

The team has done outstanding work over the last year raising awareness of CSE including teaching parents, carers, children and professionals such as taxi drivers to spot and report the signs of CSE.

Director of Children’s Services John Gregg said: “Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation is a priority for the Council but also for the city and the most effective way of doing that is to share our skills and knowledge to disrupt and stop perpetrators.

“The PSPO was an excellent example of an innovative idea made real by the determination of different teams working side by side.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Green, from Coventry’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The order means that police and other authorities have extra powers to approach groups of people where there are concerns. We only use the order where we observe activities that have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.

“The order is part of our multi-agency approach to supporting victims and tackling offenders."

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